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Week 9 NFL Box Checkers for 2022
5 categories lead to making value historically. Home NFL QBs perform better than road QBs. Favored teams are implied to score more points, and their QBs do the scoring. Game totals make sense to follow, the higher the better. And, efficiency trumps volume! Volume is nice, but efficient QBs are proven to put up more fantasy points than those banking on volume alone. To finish, salary. You can price yourself out of making value unless putting up a true ceiling performance. In the NFL, we find staying under $8000 in Draftkings salary (9k on Fanduel) helps…in fact, the cheaper the better in many cases.
Remember, blue is very strong. Green is pretty strong. Yellow is like an honorable mention. When it comes to checking boxes, we are tracking those typically leading to a DFS NFL player paying off his salary.
Lots of decent choices, some not listed. Don’t forget this guide isn’t all-inclusive. It’s a teaching ground for you to use our NFL Research Station and find other players fitting these categories that make them strong plays.
Week 9 Notes – Another week of “meh.” This year’s Box Checkers have been “meh.” Why? I can only suspect it’s the terrible football we’ve been forced to watch league-wide. This year’s NFL DFS is just not as predictive as it has been in years past. That said, there are some surprising QBs on the list this week.
Josh Allen should be the cash game QB leader for most people, but Justin Herbert is also typically very consistent. And, Derek Carr is stupid cheap on Draftkings for what he can do if Josh McDaniels will get out of his own way. These guys, along with a Marcus Mariota type, probably make for better tourney plays, but it’s hard to argue they are completely outside the cash game conversation.
Once again, home teams matter for RBs, and being favored obviously affects game scripts in a positive way. High scoring game environments help push those touchdowns around, landing on running backs. We want volume at all positions not QB. 18 touches (rushes + receptions) is the goal here. Passing game work gives us safety when the game script flips. Red Zone work matters…especially inside the 10 and 5. And, salary works here again. Staying under $8000 like our NFL QBs helps the running backs, too.
NFL DFS RB is often where Box Checkers shines. These guys are safe enough for a cash game, but you might not use them there if you find 30% or 40% NFL RBs. They do, however, make sneaky high-quality pivot plays in tourneys or even multipliers and leagues. My “Ladder System” absolutely feasts off plays like these.
We are not looking at backups getting starting roles in this guide, but they are easy to find and filter in our research station with an additional 5 minutes of work. That’s the beauty of these tools. They are very simple to use once you have just a basic understanding of them.
Week 9 Notes – Chalky, chalky, chalky. There isn’t a lot of decision making this week.
The way I look at weeks like this is to avoid the chalky players (green or yellow in the own% column) that don’t check boxes. I view them as mistakes mostly….overowned for their situations. A player like Mostert, who checks only TWO boxes) isn’t in as strong a situation as the casual NFL DFS player is thinking this week, leading to being a bit overowned. I can avoid that in a tournament, too, and take a Rhamondre Stevenson at what could be half the ownership and a way, way better situation. Will it work? Well, if it worked every time, I wouldn’t be buying a $1.5B Powerball ticket this week. But, it doesn’t have to work often to pay off in DFS tourneys.
Home field advantage proves negligible for NFL WRs. But, being favored is still important to hitting fantasy value. High totals matter, but when favored, we want team totals over 25 points. When the dog, we want UNDER 21 points indicating garbage time potential. Volume matters again. We’d like to see more than 7 targets per game on the average, and we want to see more than about 25% usage in the Red Zone…especially on Fanduel. Salary is key again, so we stay under $7000 here. Remember, this position is volatile as hell. But, we have backtested 250+ contests and found the top 3 Milli-Maker lineups contain someone meeting these criteria almost 60% of the time…..good odds for a crapshoot like WR.
WR is typically our crapshoot position at the lower price points, not so much at the top though. When we don’t get a lot of green and/or blue plays, I will just spend down most times. If the position is going to be volatile, why spend money?
Again, look at the game total category and how much it hurts these guys. We need high scoring games for WRs to be even remotely predictable. When we look at the implied team total (25+/21- column), things quickly fall back into line. The favorites should score points and the dogs should get some garbage time. I’m still looking to spend down where I can because I don’t pay up for lack of predictability.
Another great tool to consult is our coaching NFL Cheatsheets! If you wind up torn on a couple players, sometimes the words in the blurbs by another coach can help you tip the scale. In the case of this week, when Box Checkers isn’t helping a lot, those cheatsheets might become more important to your research.
Week 9 Notes – Just like the RBs, we find a decent amount of “chalky” players this week. However, many of these WRs are in solid spots according to the boxes they check. I might play more obvious with WR this week and get lower owned at RB….which automatically goes against the grain for us. Most players eat RB chalk and get different at WR (a technique I also usually recommend). But, every week is different, and this is the thing that stands out to me this week.
We might view Tee Higgins as the primary benefactor when Chase sits, and we’d be right. However, adding in targets and red zone work only gets us half the boxes (turning him yellow). We are still missing important game factors that might get in our way. I can easily fade Higgins and live with the consequences. Tyreek Hill is another, and he’s expensive. I’ll almost always pivot to Waddle on Fanduel for the red zone work on the touchdown-dependent site.
Here we go with the home and favorite stuff again. NFL TE depends on it. We want volume, so focus on 7+ targets again, too. Red Zone work goes without saying at TE. And, we’ve discovered they also benefit from closer games, under 7 point spreads. If favored, you want ITTs over 26 points, and if the dog, under 24 points. Cheap plays, too!! On Draftkings, $3000-$5000 seems to be landing in the Milli a ridiculous 68% of the time…..and until week 1 this year, we had no recorded example of an 8k TE appearing in the Milli winner. That changes with Travis Kelce, and you can speculate all the previous slates he might not have been a part of due to prime time or Monday Night games. Fact is….the super high-priced TE is rare and likely cost prohibitive most times. Tend to pay down.
Week 9 Notes – With no Kelce or Andrews on the main slate, we might be looking to pay down at tight end in week 9. The chalk looks evenly spread with no obvious play as well.
Box Checkers points out Ertz and Pitts as stronger options (Ertz would be even better if not for landing outside the price range by just $100 on Draftkings). Both are strong Fanduel plays (Ertz is ok on DK honestly) because of their strong red zone presences (Ertz leads all TEs with 8 targets inside the 10 on the year…he’s used, even with DHop back). Pitts has had a spike week here and there. Higbee might be trending down some with how flat the LA Rams appear. The rest are really just holding a golf club in the air and hoping lightning strikes it.
No one is “safe” this week outside probably Ertz. But, someone is going to have a solid week. Hope you nail him…and all your picks!
That’s the beauty of “Box Checkers.” You can quickly see who is viable and who is not…..the color schemes, the Xs in the right places, and a little knowledge of your own. And, you have just enough info (for very little time) to do a whole lot of damage in the NFL DFS game!!
Remember, these boxes are set up by Shark Autopsy’s analysis of what players typically land in the Milli-Maker lineups, too. We have our safety plays, but we are also shooting for upside.
Where to Use These DFS Players
Box Checkers players are typically obvious, chalky (see our NFL Chalkboard Tool) and highly owned. Occasionally, we get some that slip under the radar (see our Leverage Stacks components).
However, these players can be used in ANY format from NFL cash games to big tourneys (or “Ladder Lineups” combining both!). The key to tourney play is using a core of these players and adding in some other lower owned pieces to give your lineup some uniqueness and creativity with the upside to beat a lot of competitors. As the DFS NFL world becomes more and more advanced, sometimes simplifying our process actually goes a little against the grain.
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